Wauchope's MacKenzie Toone-Spokes is Football Mid North Coast's Newcastle Permanent Community Coach of the Year for 2020.
Toone-Spokes was nominated by Wauchope FC for her commitment over the duration of her service to the club.
Toone-Spokes has coached Wauchope's combined under-6/7s team for the last two seasons.
The 17-year-old manages two teams of girls all enjoying their first year of football.
She is professional in managing the girls and talking to their parents. She also plays with the club and, despite being in her senior years at high school, ensures she is at every training session and game each week.
She has been described as a role model for her players and is polite, friendly, enthusiastic and organised. She communicates well with parents and has assessed the needs of her players before developing individually tailored and targeted support, helping her build a strong rapport.
Northern NSW Football head of football development Peter Haynes said NNSWF were delighted to be able to recognise Toone-Spokes' contribution.
"Coaching is one of the most important factors in the football experience had by our players," Haynes said.
"It is important that coaches like MacKenzie continue the great work they are doing at Wauchope FC so that their players develop a love for the game and continue to have the best football experience possible."
Newcastle Permanent Port Macquarie senior branch manager Adam Power congratulated Toone-Spokes on her award.
"Coaches are integral in nurturing and developing the skills of young players to reach their full potential," Power said.
"Newcastle Permanent is committed to supporting community football across northern NSW and recognising those coaches who demonstrate a passion and dedication to developing their teams."
Another Wauchopian, Sam Stewart, has been named Football Mid North Coast's Newcastle Permanent Referee of the Year for 2020.
Stewart officiates matches for Football Mid North Coast and has shown true dedication and passion for the game giving players, coaches and spectators the best experience possible.
Stewart was nominated by Wauchope SC members.
He is one of Football Mid North Coast's young, up and coming referees and has started assisting at Premier League level.
He referees in all community competitive age groups and respects players no matter their age or skill level.
Stewart has a professional manner and manages the game at a high standard. He is able to ensure the game is played safely during all conditions.
His communication with players during the game to ensure they are playing safely and in accordance with the rules and guidelines is very accomplished.
Haynes said NNSWF were delighted to be able to recognise Stewart's contribution.
"Sam's contribution to the game through his role as a match official has been wonderful," Haynes said.
"Referees are vital to the enjoyment of the game by players, coaches and spectators alike and Sam has shown that he takes this responsibility very seriously. I congratulate Sam on his award on behalf of NNSWF and all players, coaches and spectators across the state."
As the winners of their Zone's awards, Toone-Spokes and Stewart are now nominees for Northern NSW Football's Annual Newcastle Permanent awards to be announced during the week commencing October 26.